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Posted by maryb [516.1267] on August 10, 2004 at 00:04:45:

I've been experiencing episodes of severe dizziness, along with nasal draining
down the back of my throat intermittently, and some discomfort in my ears.
Sounds like a virus to me. I had to see my doc last week for an unrelated
issue, but mentioned this dizziness to her. She said it was labyrinthitis, but
did not suggest a course of treatment. That's just as well, because I probably
wouldn't follow it, if it included a bunch of meds. The dizziness is unlike
anything I've ever experienced. I cannot bend down to pick up something and
expect to get back up without falling over. I have to hold onto walls &
doorways just to walk anywhere at all. I get some relief using a nasal spray,
so of course this suggests congestion. I've used a nasal irrigator & saline
solution a few times & though it does bring relief, I'm concerned about any
pressure it might bear on my ears.

From what I've read, labyrinthitis is just something that you have to cope with
until it finally disappears. Fortunately, I haven't experienced the nausea that
usually accompanies this type of intense dizziness, yet. Other than taking
elderberry & echinacea, staying well-hydrated & getting lots of sleep, what
other things should I be doing to get rid of this troublesome situation?

thanks,
mary



Re: Labyrinthitis

Posted by Ron [1540.81] on August 10, 2004 at 09:00:22:

In Reply to: Labyrinthitis posted by maryb [516.1267] on August 10, 2004 at 00:04:45:

Hi Maryb,

If you can become dizzy in a dark room when you roll over,
the name of your condition is better described as
"Benign Positional Vertigo"
It is due to debris in the balance mechanism.

Here is a link which explains how this can be corrected by
skillfully mooving the head to deposit the debris in a less sensitve area of the "semicircular canal" where it will
not give you conflicting messages and cause the dizzyness.




Re: Labyrinthitis

Posted by maryb [516.1267] on August 10, 2004 at 12:21:43:

In Reply to: Re: Labyrinthitis posted by Ron [1540.81] on August 10, 2004 at 09:00:22:

Interesting, Ron, thanks for the link & your comments. I don't have that
problem (yet), of being dizzy while rolling over in the dark. So far, it's only
happened during daytime hours, and worsens when I bend over to pick
something up, but also when I move in any way. Lying down seems to help
quite a bit. I'm going to study that link, though, and continue to see what I
can learn about this.

maryb

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Re: Labyrinthitis

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on August 10, 2004 at 14:37:05:

In Reply to: Labyrinthitis posted by maryb [516.1267] on August 10, 2004 at 00:04:45:

Hi, Mary.

If I had this miserable condition, I would see a chiropractor skilled in cranial osteopathy.

Walt



Re: Labyrinthitis

Posted by maryb [516.1267] on August 10, 2004 at 17:31:06:

In Reply to: Re: Labyrinthitis posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on August 10, 2004 at 14:37:05:

Thanks, Walt, for your suggestion. Since the awful dizziness has only
occurred twice in a few days, do you think this could just be a virus, and that
in time, my ears will settle down on their own? From what I've read,
labyrinthitis seems like a much more serious situation, as though it occurs
constantly, and always causes nausea. I guess I'm just trying to figure out if
it's virally caused, or if there's something else going on.

thanks,
mary



Re: Labyrinthitis (Not idiopathic?) Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on August 11, 2004 at 09:06:54:

In Reply to: Re: Labyrinthitis posted by maryb [516.1267] on August 10, 2004 at 17:31:06:

Thanks, Mary.

Idiopathic labyrinthitis usually is continuous. If it is intermittant like this it is much more likely to be something more serious, like TIAs for example.

I would suggest you get it checked out.

Walt

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